When Captain Picard asks
Geordi to escort a visitor, Dr. Leah Brahms, aboard the
Enterprise, Geordi is thrilled. He confides to Guinan
that Leah, the woman who designed the U.S.S.
Enterprise's engine, is the woman of his dreams.
During a crisis, he recreated a Holodeck image of Dr.
Brahms to help him and felt a strong rapport with her.
But when the real Leah finally transports aboard, he is
crushed to discover that she is cold, cerebral and
humorless. She puts him through his paces, icily
examining and criticizing the adjustments he has made to
the engine she helped design.
Meanwhile, Picard and
the crew discover a large energy source floating in
space. When they approach the creature to learn its
origin, it suddenly latches onto the starship,
bombarding the ship with deadly radiation. In defense,
Picard fires the ship's phasers to release the U.S.S.
Enterprise from the alien's clutches. Picard is saddened
when the phaser assault kills the lifeform, but he is
intrigued when Data detects another energy reading
within it. To everyone's surprise, Data explains that
they have discovered a "baby" struggling to escape its
dead mother's womb.
Later on, Geordi hopes
for a fresh start with Dr. Brahms when she agrees to
have dinner with him, but she is put off by his informal
demeanor and leaves him alone with his homemade pasta
getting cold. The next morning, Leah arrives in an
improved mood. Geordi is happy to finally be working
closely with his dream woman — until she informs him
that she is married. On the Bridge, Beverly and Worf
perform a Cesarean section with phasers in order to free
the alien offspring from its dead mother. Unfortunately,
it begins to follow the U.S.S. Enterprise, thinking the
starship is its mother and nurses on its hull. The crew
tries to devise a plan to deliver the alien baby to its
mother's destination, a nearby asteroid belt, and Geordi
and Leah are forced to work together again to increase
the ship's energy sources to provide for the baby until
they reach their destination. Things go well until Leah
accidentally discovers Geordi's Holodeck recreation of
her. Infuriated, she chastises Geordi for using her as a
plaything. Angered by her accusations, Geordi pleads
guilty only to wanting to be her friend.
Upon reaching the
asteroid belt, the crew tries to disengage the baby
creature, but it will not let go. At this point several
larger energy beings approach the Enterprise as if to
attack the ship. Working together one last time, Geordi
and Leah devise a plan to alter the frequency of the
energy the creature is feeding on to make it foreign to
the baby and send it away. With seconds to spare, the
baby creature lets go, and is enveloped by the larger
creatures who float off together. Later, in the
Ten-Forward, Geordi and Leah exchange apologies and
laughs about the "Holodeck incident," having reached a
new level of understanding through working together.